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A Police story you may like
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oslo in NC    Posted 02-10-2005 at 01:01:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
When I lived in Penna. we have a hill that is about two miles long and drops over 900 feet. It is a divided highway for nearly half the distance. It was built in the 50's so isn't as wide as normal divided roads. Also it has a lot of cut outs in some of the road and a couple of drop offs, but the big scary part to the road is it is perfectly flat and has several curves and at the bottom is an old rail road tressel built entirely of stone. The tressel is only two lanes at this point and the real kicker comes immediately on the other side. There is sharp bend in the road with guard rails that were constantly being replaced. Well we had a local twsp. cop who drove a Studebaker Avanti. This was in the early sixties. He was notorious and a trucker who sped got a ticket. He was ruthless. His name was Leo Zaski. Some of you old time truckers may have met him. Well, a couple of angry, after working out a plan, decided to do something about it. The one trucker came across the top of the mountain and Leo quickly got on his tail to clock him. Leo obviously didn't see the other trucker coming up from behind. They sandwiched him and took him on a ride down the mountain. The truckers new how fast they could do and they maintained that speed. I was told it was over 70 mph on the straight aways and there wasn't but a few feet between him and the trucks. He never bothered trucks after that. He always looked angry and constipated when I talked with him, but I suspect on that day one of his ailments didn't give him a problem. Come to think of it he was probably to scared to be angry also.

New-Gen    Posted 02-10-2005 at 02:32:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yeah, great story. Really makes the truckers look like fine upstanding citizens.
I was real proud of myself for the self restraint I was able to excersize when some of KL's finest were spewing their hateful venum about people who drive trucks but you managed to flush me out with this one.
In the past 20 years my trucks have been involved in 5 accidents:

#1. A guy in a CAR fell asleep at the wheel and tried to load it up on the beavertail of my trailer at 55MPH. (He got the ticket)

#2.A woman in a CAR ran a stopsign, pulled out in front of me...I had the truck almost at a dead stop and off the road when I nicked her right rear fender and spun her around...(Both the police officer and her husband complemented me on my defensive driving)

#3. I stopped at a 4 way stop, nobody around, proceeded through, was hit in the side by a CAR....moving fast enough to tear the front axle off the truck...he had alcohol on his breath.....

#4. I took off from a red light, got about 300' up the road to the next intersection and was hit from the side by a CAR whos driver had stopped at a red light and didn't realize that he was supposed to stay stopped until it turned green...(The police officer and I both got a chuckle when he tried to say I went by so fast that the suction from the truck pulled him under.......and you people say truck drivers are dumb!!)

#5. (And the most tragicly bizaar). A man attempted to rob a restaraunt, as he was escorted out the door he announced that he was going to go meet his parents...(who it was later discovered had been deceased for several years), and headed right for my truck head on. The CAR's speed was 80 with no skid marks, the TRUCK was 45 with long skid marks. The car cought fire and my driver had the fire out before the fire department arrived on the scene. The DOT officer in charge praised him ( that nasty uneducated power monger truck driver) for his quick reaction time, stressing that he had done everything in his power to avoid the accident.

In conclusion, I must say that there are some poeple out there driving trucks who have no business driving anything on a public road, but to judge us all by those few is just plaid BIGOTRY! (I was once accused of that on here by one of you fine people)

Now that I've got that off my chest, have a good day.

Polish Mike    Posted 02-10-2005 at 06:59:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I've been biting my tongue the last couple days, too. I own and operate a logging truck in the Catskills of NY. Don't know why I'm still surprised at all the deadly stupid things CAR drivers do while driving. I'm not gonna make a blanket statement that all truck drivers are without sin, I will say that when your livlihood and life depend on your driving skills you see that the myth of bad truck drivers is mostly that...a myth.

OK...I feel better now. Y'all play nice.......

Cynthia    Posted 02-10-2005 at 06:49:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks for sharing your story. When I was young my mother would take my sister and I to the Waffle House for breakfast and sometimes lunch. We loved going there because it was always full of truck drivers and they were always so nice and had great stories. One time one of them let us sit in his truck and talk to some of the other drivers. I am sure that there are some really bad truck drivers just like there are some really bad car drivers but my experience has been that most of them are really great. Thanks for letting me share that!

Vic in Kenefick    Posted 02-10-2005 at 03:49:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
You grouchy, whinny biggot...........LOL......That was a great story. Keep up the good work!

Uh...    Posted 02-10-2005 at 05:48:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Who you talkin to? Me of him??

Uh...    Posted 02-10-2005 at 05:41:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Who you talkin to? Me of him??

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